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Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name Louis Coda
Agency Chicago Fire Department
Rank Firefighter
Type of Firefighter Career
Age Range 46 to 50
Sex Male
Date of Birth 0/0/0
Date of Death 5/4/1971
Cause of Death Stress/Overexertion
Nature of Death Heart attack
Attribute of Death [not applicable]
Type of Duty Firefighting operations , Hose operations

Incident Details

Incident Name N/A
Incident City Chicago
Incident State IL
Incident Date 5/4/1971
Incident Location Residential
Incident Attribute Fires

Incident Summary

On May 4, 1971, Chicago Fire Department Firefighter Louis Coda of Engine 93, 17th Battalion, died in the line of duty. Coda suffered a heart attack and collapsed while dragging a hose line during a fire on S. Michigan Avenue. Coda was taken to Roseland Community Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.


“Suffers Fatal Heart Attack Fighting Fire,” Chicago Tribune, May 5, 1971.

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